Doctrine and Covenants 64-66: “The Lord Requireth the Heart and a Willing Mind” (June 14-20)

The John Johnson Home in Hiram, Ohio, photo by Jon Ridinger

Shortly after returning to Ohio from Missouri, Joseph Smith received a revelation (Doctrine and Covenants 64) which provided guidance for church members on building Zion. Among the principles taught in this revelation were the importance of forgiving one another (v. 1-14) and paying tithing (v. 23-24). The Lord also encouraged them to keep working hard, even if their efforts didn’t seem to be making a difference. “Out of small things proceedeth that which is great,” He assured them (v. 33). (See also 1 Nephi 16:29, Alma 37:6-7.)

The day after receiving this revelation, Joseph Smith held a conference in the morning, then moved his family to the home of John Johnson in Hiram, Ohio. (See “Documents, Part 2: Hiram, Ohio, Fall 1831” on josephsmithpapers.org.)

A month and a half later, at the end of October, Joseph Smith received two revelations:

  1. A brief explanation of how to “prepare the way of the Lord” (Doctrine and Covenants 65)
  2. A personalized missionary call for William E. McLellin (Doctrine and Covenants 66)

Hear are some important themes in these three revelations, with relevant blog posts:

Forgiveness

Financial Management

Persistent Effort

Grace and Truth

Zion

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